The Astros started prepping their roster for a busy offseason on Wednesday. The club added first baseman Jonathan Singleton to the 40-man roster, outrighted four players off the 40-man roster and picked up relief pitcher Raul Valdes on a waiver claim from the Phillies.
Singleton, who was suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, played 73 games with Oklahoma City, the Astros’ triple-A affiliate. Singleton hit .220 for the RedHawks, though the numbers improved at the end of the season when he hit .250 and drove in 19 runs in August.
Catchers Cody Clark and Matt Pagnozzi, along with infielder Brandon Laird were outrighted to the minor league. Pitcher Philip Humber had a club option for 2014 that was not renewed in addition to being outrighted to the minor leagues. Humber, Laird and Pagnozzi can choose free agency due to prior outrights, while Clark will become a minor league free agent after the World Series ends.
Valdes, 35, a left-handed pitcher, appeared in 17 games for the Phillies in two stints, finishing with a 1-1 record and a 7.46 ERA. He had 37 strike outs in 35 innings pitched.